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08/15/2022

Office Depot adds on-demand delivery option timed for back-to-school

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Office Depot is teaming up with Uber for online delivery.

Parents and students have a new way to quickly receive online orders from Office Depot.

The specialty office supply retailer is partnering with Uber Technologies Inc. to offer same-day delivery of business, office and school supplies to customers nationwide. Office Depot is the first business solutions and office supply retailer to be available on Uber Eats. 

Starting Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, over 900 Office Depot and OfficeMax stores across the country will be available to shop through the Uber Eats platform. Consumers will be able to shop for thousands of items online and have them delivered to their door on-demand. Uber One loyalty members will be eligible for a $0 delivery fee and a 5% discount on all Office Depot orders with a $15 minimum purchase.  

Office Depot has been steadily increasing its omnichannel fulfillment capabilities, both internally and via third-party partnerships, in recent years. Since April 2020, Office Depot and OfficeMax stores have also been offering same-day delivery via the third-party Shipt and Deliv platforms in as little as one hour on qualifying orders.

More recently, in March 2022, the retailer began collaborating with both Instacart and DoorDash to provide same-day online delivery.

In addition, Office Depot offers a new in-store and curbside pickup service called “20 Minute Pickup Promise.” Having been introduced in late 2021 in time for the holiday season, customers can now use the new service by placing a qualifying order online via the Office Depot e-commerce site or mobile app and selecting “In-Store or Curbside Pickup” at checkout at least one hour before the store’s closing time.

“We know this is the busiest time of year for many, with back to school and even going back to the office, at Uber, we’re always looking for ways to make peoples’ lives easier by helping them get whatever they need—whenever they need it—delivered to their doorstep,” said Christian Freese, head of new verticals for Uber Eats in the U.S. & Canada. “Whether it’s a printer paper shortage or a school project glue stick emergency, Uber Eats customers can find what they need to handle any business or school supply need with Office Depot on the platform.”

“With the start of a new school year and new busy schedules for many, we’re excited to team up with Uber Eats to provide students, parents, teachers, small business owners and home office workers with an additional on-demand delivery option to help them get the tools they need, when they need them,” said Jamie Columbus, VP of e-commerce for Office Depot. “We’re proud to offer a wide assortment of business, teaching and learning products on the Uber Eats platform, with significant savings off our best-selling school supplies available through Sept. 10.”

Office Depot LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The ODP Corp., a provider of business services and supplies, products and digital workplace technology solutions to small, medium and enterprise businesses, through an integrated business-to-business distribution platform and approximately 1,100 stores.